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- David Cameron's second visit to Eastleigh
- He's in the borough to support Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings
- He's visiting Prysmian Cables and Systems Ltd
- George Osborne visited the same factory last week
PM taking final few questions from staff as I am dragged away to grill the PM myself.
"How long will you support people that can't be bothered?" Cameron says there is a "clear" need for welfare system reform to ensure people aren't better off out of work
Encouraged Indians to come to "proper universities." Says changes are being made to immigration system to attract "bright and talented" students, not people that "play the system."
Calls Southampton a "fantastic university".
Refers again to global race, saying we need to make it "easier for people to go out and work"
PM wants tax relief for families who pay for child care.
Britain needs good connectivity to "win global race." Cameron adds the UK is are higher in the global Premier League than his club, Aston Villa are in the football one.
"Hugely committed" to high speed broadband. Government spending a "vast amount of money" on it. Says we "will get towards target" of having 90 per cent of homes with high speed broadband by 2015.
One worker slam sub"horrendous impact" of increase in VAT to 20%. Asks if it will be reduced. PM says "unfortunately we won't be able to do that."
He says people from business and engineering "absolutely" need to be encouraged to go into schools and talk to youngsters.
Anything businesses can do to get unto schools is "hugely, hugely positive, " says Cameron.
Questioned on referendum on Europe. Why do we have to wait until his re-election? Wants to "make changes" first then give people a "real choice" once Europe has become "more competitive, more flexible."
He recommends staying in EU.
The government is working with companies inviting them to "tell us" what help they need, says Cameron.
"Time for politicians to stop making decisions and put trust in people."
"More than half of board members at Rolls Royce are former apprentices", he adds.
Cameron says it is "a business friendly government" and tells workers he wants to make it "easier" for local businesses to operate.
He also tells young apprentice there is still value in doing degrees but says apprenticeship route now "a real alternative"
Didn't take long for Ford closure to crop up. Cameron news is good overall with Nissan, Land Rover and Jaguar doing well. He calls Ford's closure of the Swaythling plant "disappointing".
As revealed by the Daily Echo today, 120 jobs may be saved with a plan to open a facility at Southampton Docks.
David Cameron answering questions in #eastleigh http://t.co/7Eg2PIRn0d— @stevenmorris20 21 February 2013
He says he has "clear plan to get economy moving" and acknowledges "baffling array of energy tarriffs" and promises legislation to help make sure people are put on lowest possible energy tariff.
Now he is inviting questions from crowd.
Cameron takes centre stage at last to warm applause.
She adds, that Prysmian is putting "Great" back into "Great Britain"
Hutchings introduced first to round of applause.
Tells workers she would be "a champion and a voice for Eastleigh"
David Cameron has now taken his seat alongside Maria Hutchings.
Cameron's entourage has arrived and the crowd falls quiet as we await the man himself.
Still no sign of the PM yet, despite promises he was running to schedule. The gathered crowd are starting to fidget in anticipation.
The crowd waiting for David Cameron.
Out come the camera phones in preparation...
Some anxious checks of watches going on now as it is announced the PM is running "pretty much to time." Any minute now then...
The decibels have gone up a notch here as the excited chitter chatter builds among staff.
George Osborne was here last week, now they are preparing to greet Cameron.
Excitement building here. Hundreds of staff here waiting to grill the PM. The main man is due to take centre stage in 10 minutes time.
The UK's media is now being led through the warehouse ahead of a staff Q&A with Mr Cameron
Yesterday it was Boris Johnson, today it's David Cameron. The Tories are throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at this by-election campaign
Anticipation is building here at Prysmian Cables and Systems Ltd as employees await the arrival of the Prime Minister